The Orville Season 3 update, New World delayed again, & Stranger Things 4 – 2021-08-09
Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi drama The Orville, which moved from Fox to Hulu in 2019 for its third season, was hit hard by the pandemic, which heavily disrupted production. This left fans with a long wait after the second season concluded in April 2019.
Jordan Helman, head of scripted originals at Hulu, has provided an update on progress. He said that he’s seen cuts of the show coming in and is hopeful of a premiere sooner rather than later.
He told Deadline, “The past year and a half has been complicated on a variety of levels as it pertains to production. I can’t share a launch date, but we’re really excited about what we’ve seen thus far.”
Helman also teased the possibility of a fourth season of the show, or at least keeping the door open. He said that the “future of the show remains an open conversation and there have been no conversations otherwise.”
Amazon has delayed New World just weeks before its previously announced August 31st release date. It will now arrive about a month later, on September 28th, so that Amazon Game Studios can spend an extra few weeks polishing, fixing bugs, and improving stability. The company says it decided to delay New World again following player feedback it collected during the MMO’s recent closed beta.
An official statement read, “This was not an easy decision to make. We know this isn’t the first time we’ve changed our launch date in pursuit of quality, and that it can be disappointing to wait a bit longer. But we want to be sure we deliver you the highest quality game possible at launch.”
This is New World’s fourth delay in its development history. When Amazon first announced the game, it said it would come out in May 2020. Its release date initially slipped to August 25th, 2020, before Amazon announced a month later it was pushing the game back to spring 2021. At the start of the year, it then delayed the game to its most recently planned August 31st release date.
Netflix has released a brand-new teaser for the highly-anticipated fourth season of Stranger Things, confirming that the series has been slated to make its return in 2022.
This could be the most ambitious season of Stranger Things to date, as filming has taken place in Georgia, Lithuania, and New Mexico. Part of the season will be set in Russia, where Jim Hopper is being held captive.
Season 4 will also introduce a number of new characters, most notably Nightmare on Elm Street star Robert Englund as Victor Creel, a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s.